methods@manchester: research methods in the social sciences

Methods Fair 2011


Wednesday 5 October 2011, 9.30 - 5.30

Roscoe Building, University of Manchester

Workshops 1

Room 1.007, First Floor, Roscoe Building

Gillian Evans, 11.05 - 11.55
Thinking About Fieldwork - This session will look at how to plan and prepare for a fieldwork project and how to make the most of your time in the field. It will cover defining the unit of study, things to think about before going into the field and what you might do when you get there.

Kingsley Purdam and Sariya Contractor, Derby, 12.05 - 12.55
Running a Focus Group
- This will be an interactive workshop that provides practical guidance on running a focus group

Max Jones, 1.05 - 1.55 (10-minute slots)
Using Newsreels in Research
- The first British newsreel, Pathé’s Animated Gazette, was issued in July 1910. The newsreel format flourished over the next 50 years, with Pathé, Gaumont and British Movietone becoming household names, before declining in the 1960s in the face of competition from television. In spite of their popularity, many scholars of twentieth-century Britain continue to ignore newsreels. Over the last decade both subscription and free services have provided access to a tremendous range of online sources for newsreels. Yet they remain widely neglected by academics and students. The workshop will provide researchers with an indication of how they can use newsreels in their research - whether to explore media forms in more depth, or simply to research the newsreel coverage of a specific event. The format will allow researchers to drop in for 10-15 minutes during the lunch break.

Keir Martin, 2.05 - 2.55
Fieldwork Forum
- This session is intended for those who already have a fieldwork project in mind. It is a chance to discuss your ideas and concerns about your project whether they be practical problems like how to gain access or ethical issues that you want to think through.

Martin Everett, 3.05 - 3.55
Visualizing your Facebook Network
- This session will show how you can download and construct a visual representation of your own facebook social network. We show how you can then analyze and interpret your data using some simple social network techniques.

Workshops 2

Room 1.008, First Floor, Roscoe Building

Tarani Chandola, 11.05 - 11.55
Structural Equation Modeling
- This session is about how you can measure concepts you cannot directly observe (latent variables), and examine their associations with other manifest (observed) and latent variables.

Johan Koskinen, 12.05 - 12.55
Multilevel modelling -
This workshop will be geared to researchers and graduate students who are using MLM in their research or who may wish to do so. There will be a short presentation followed by an opportunity to ask questions related to your own research and research needs.

Graham Gibbs, 1.15 - 1.50
Nvivo demonstration
- When do you need software to analyse your interview data? How can software packages help with all kinds of of text-based materials, video, audio and visual data? Graham Gibbs will demonstrate NVivo in a half hour session during the lunch break.

Wendy Olsen, 2.05 - 2.55
Qualitative Comparative Analysis
- QCA offers a new, systematic way of studying configurations of cases. It is widely used in comparative research and when using case-study methods. This session will start with a short introductory presentation and will then provide an opportunity for discussion and questions.

Vanessa May, 3.05 - 3.55
Narrative Analysis
– This session provides an introduction to narrative analysis, exploring how and why social scientists have used this method. During the session we will examine different approaches to narrative analysis. Practical examples of narrative analysis techniques will also be provided.